May 2018
A monthly publication to share school related accomplishments of
students, faculty, staff, & alumni of Prince Avenue Christian School.
Emily Weaver Named Epistle Award Recipient
The Prince Avenue Epistle Award is the highest honor at Prince given annually to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, best represents what Prince values more than anything else – a Christ-like spirit that manifests itself in a desire to grow in the Lord and serve others for the glory of God. 

This year’s Epistle Award Recipient is Emily Weaver. Emily is the daughter of Chris and Tracey Weaver and has attended Prince for seven years. Emily is well known for her intellect having earned the honor of Valedictorian of the Class of 2018. She is also known for her talents in the Fine Arts having participated in Concert and Jazz Bands throughout her years at Prince. It is the Epistle Award, however, that recognizes Emily’s well-known Christ-like character. 

During the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2018, Emily shared a speech that emphasized the importance of recognizing that God, as the Master Artist, is “gradually chipping away at the rough edges” in one’s character. 
“Christ-like character is not immediate. It does not manifest like superpowers. I have not woken up one morning and discovered a new ability to be selfless, nor are qualities like patience triggered when I am angry or under great stress. I have not found a serum which can turn me into the perfect child of God, and I have not been exposed to radiation which suddenly gave me the ability to forgive. Rather, I am being worked on over time.”

Emily encouraged her classmates and their guests to be patient with the process of Christ-like character. “Only in eternity, when the children of God no longer feel the effects of sin, will believers be perfected and finally attain the full measure of Christ-like character. Until then, we must be patient as the Master pursues His craft and remember to look on others with love and recognize that while they might be different from ourselves, they are still the beautiful masterpieces in progress of the same Creator who is shaping us.”
Emma Taylor Named
Rotary Student of the Semester
Senior Emma Taylor was named Prince Avenue Christian School's Rotary Student of the Semester selected by teachers for her demonstration of the Rotary Club motto of "Service Above Self." The daughter of Joe and Hayley Taylor, Emma has attended Prince Avenue for 14 years. Emma chose high school Guidance Counselor Lisa Ricketts to share this honor with her at a Rotary Club breakfast.
Prince Announces
Valedictorian & Salutatorian of the Class of 2018
Prince Avenue Christian School has named the Class of 2018 Valedictorian, and Salutatorian.

The 2018 Valedictorian is Emily Weaver.  Emily is the daughter of Chris and Tracey Weaver and has attended Prince for seven years.  

The 2018 Salutatorian is Luke Wells. Luke is the son of Tom and Amy Wells and has attended Prince for ten years.
Prince Graduation for the Class of 2018
Prince Avenue Christian School held the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2018 on Saturday, May 19th in the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Worship Center. Dr. J. Josh Smith, senior pastor of Prince Avenue Baptist Church, gave the charge to graduates. 

This year’s Prince senior class had 59 graduates, 18 of which began their education at Prince in kindergarten. The 59 graduates were accepted to a collective 146 colleges and have been offered approximately $79,759.00 worth of scholarship money to attend college next year. 83 percent of this year’s seniors took Dual Enrollment college classes and already have 765 semester hours of college completed which amounts to 255 college classes. 58 percent of this year’s seniors took a collective total of 59 AP Classes. Many members of the Class of 2018 will begin college with almost enough hours to be classified as sophomores. 

Over 75 percent of this year’s graduating class participated in the senior mission trip to Nicaragua. The class also includes a National Merit Finalist, several accomplished musicians, performers, and artists, and 15 athletes who signed to play at the college level. 

Another highlight of the Prince graduation ceremony was the student speeches from the Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Epistle Award winner as well as the class video that highlighted each graduate and the Class of 2018 throughout their years at Prince Avenue. 
Scholarships Awarded to Prince Students During Recognition Day Ceremonies
Prince Avenue Christian School is blessed to enjoy the faithful generosity of friends and alumni who make scholarships for Prince students possible. Thirteen scholarships were awarded for the 2018-19 school year during the recent Recognition Day ceremonies.
Fine Arts
Prince Fine Arts Students Learn True
Meaning of “The Show Must Go On”
“The show must go on” is a mantra quoted often in theatre circles. Usually, this quote is used when a costume splits, or a prop is lost, or the lead character has laryngitis. But this Spring, at the Saturday matinee performance of the Prince Avenue Fine Arts production of Seussical, the cast and crew learned what “the show must go on” really means when the actor who played the main character of Horton, freshman Finn McGinnis, severely injured his knee during the performance. 
Fine Arts Students Recognized for Excellence
Claire Power
Exodus 35 Award
Rebecca Hathaway
Levite Award
Emily Weaver
Levite Award
The Prince Avenue Christian School Fine Arts Department awarded the Exodus 35 Award to Claire Power and the Levite Award to Rebecca Hathaway and Emily Weaver. These PACS Fine Arts awards are given to students who exhibit Christian character, leadership, and excellence in the arts in and out of the classroom.
Prince Jazz Band Earns Superior Rating
Congratulations to the Prince Jazz Band for earning a Superior rating from every judge in the Georgia Music Educators Association District jazz Performance Evaluation. This is the highest rating possible and the 5th year in a row that the Prince Jazz Band has earned this prestigious rating.
Four Prince Athletes Sign to Play College Sports
Top left to right: Daniel Calderon, Rebekah Haynes
Bottom left to right: Luke McDevitt, Trey Felt
Four Prince Avenue Christian School seniors recently signed to continue their athletic careers in college.  Prince Avenue has now signed 14 senior athletes this school year, an impressive statistic for a small private Christian school.  

Daniel Calderon signed to play soccer with North Greenville University, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II school participating in Conference Carolinas. Rebekah Haynes signed to run track at Georgia State University, an NCAA Division I school participating in the Sunbelt Conference.  Luke McDevitt signed to play baseball at Young Harris College, an NCAA Division II school who competes in the Peach Belt Conference. Trey Felt signed to play baseball at Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia. Gordon competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and is known as one of the best baseball programs in Georgia. 
Baseball Team Makes School History By Competing in State Championship Game
The Prince Avenue Varsity Baseball team made school history by being the first Prince baseball team to compete in the State Championship Series.

The Wolverines earned their spot in the finals after beating Holy Innocents in the final four. After a tough two games in the finals vs.Tattnall Square at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, the Wolverines lost ending their season 24-12 and placing them second in state in Class A Private.

Congratulations to the Wolverines on a great and memorable season.
State Golf Tournament
Left to Right: Will Kahlstorf, Dallas Pettus, Bradley Lastinger, Peyton Shedd,
Grant Roland, and Reid Baker
The Prince Avenue Varsity Boys Golf Team competed in the GHSA State Golf Tournament at Heron Bay Golf Course in Locust Grove, Georgia and placed fourth. Congratulations on a great season.

Junior Hope Hewatt qualified to compete as an individual in the GHSA State Golf Tournament.
Grace and Opportunity Challenge Prince Senior
When Prince Avenue senior Daniel Calderon asked to meet the soccer coach at North Greenville University, he was just wanting to learn more about the program and hoping the coach would be able to put a name with a face. After all, recruiting season had passed, and Daniel had not even made a highlight film or attended any preview days. Little did he know that that one meeting with Coach Bill Martin would change his life.

But that is the way it has been for Daniel - unexpected opportunities that charted his course and changed his life. “Growing up, I did not have the best situation. I came from a poor family that could not take care of me. Eventually, I ended up in foster care. I bounced around from place to place, but in 2011, I came to Athens to a WinShape Homes family,” Daniel explains, recognizing that as the moment that changed the trajectory of his life. “I finally had a loving family with parents who believed in me and gave me a lot of encouragement and discipline even when I didn’t want it.” It was at that time that Daniel and his older sister and younger brother started to attend Prince Avenue Christian School.
Faculty & Staff
Prince Teachers Honored as 2017-2018 Educators of the Year
The mission statement of Prince Avenue Christian School is “to partner with Christian families to provide scripturally based discipleship while pursuing excellence in academics, fine arts, and athletics from a biblical worldview.” None of this mission would be possible without the highly qualified and extraordinarily talented, dedicated, and godly teachers that are hands-on with Prince students day in and day out. 

In the spirit of recognizing the commitment and dedication of the faculty at PACS, each year the school recognizes individual teachers as the Colossians 3:23 Educators of the Year, nominated by their peers as remarkable and doing “everything as unto the Lord”.  

This year’s Educators of the Year are 5th Grade Teacher Gina Mayne and lower school Physical Education Teacher and Youth Athletic Director Coach Michael Palmer. Gina and Michael received a crystal vase and a generous donation by a friend of the school.
Beloved Teacher, Jimmy Phillips, Retires
After 10 Years at Prince
When word of Jimmy Phillips’s retirement spread among the student body at Prince Avenue Christian School, the main sentiment was disappointment that such a special teacher would no longer be at Prince. Many alumni attribute the instruction in Mr. Phillips’s class as a mainstay of their preparation for college. Many seniors explain they would never have made it through their Dual Enrollment classes without his class their junior year, and many underclassmen regret that they will not have the opportunity to sit under the instruction of this teacher who has become somewhat of a Prince Avenue icon. 

“Mr. Phillips constantly challenged us always helping us to be the best writers we could be,” explained one graduating senior who credits Mr. Phillips for making her the writer she is today. “He poured into us more than just his knowledge of English. He told us stories about his life. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be in his class.”
2018 Yearbook Dedication Presented
to Appleby and Phillips
Each year, the Prince Avenue Yearbook Staff chooses members of the faculty and staff to honor as the recipient of the Yearbook Dedication. This year’s Koinonia is dedicated to Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director Johnette Appleby and retiring English teacher Jimmy Phillips. 
Carithers and Simpson Recognized for
Years of Service at Prince
Lesia Carithers
Nancy Simpson
Two Prince Avenue Christian School staff members were honored at this year’s Recognition Ceremony for their years of service at Prince. Lesia Carithers currently serves as the Food Service Coordinator at Prince and was recognized for 20 years of service. Also recognized was Nancy Simpson for 25 years of service. Nancy currently serves as the Prince Librarian and Barnabas Mentor Program Coordinator. 
Alumni Spotlight
Prince Alumnus, Forde Norris, Signs with
US Military Academy at West Point
Forde Norris with Congressman Jody Hice
Prince Avenue Christian School Alumnus Forde Norris, Class of 2017, attended Marion Military Institute this past year where he was sponsored by the West Point Association of Graduates. Forde received nominations from Congressman Jody Hice and Senator Johnny Isakson. He graduated from the Service Academy Program at MMI and has signed to be in the United States Military Academy at West Point Class of 2022.
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Prince Avenue Christian School’s mission is to partner with Christian families
to provide scripturally based discipleship while pursuing excellence
in academics, fine arts, and athletics from a biblical worldview.